2008 Press Releases

GENI Project Office at BBN Technologies Announces $12M in Funding for 29 Academic-Industrial Teams

Academic and Industry Powerhouses Kick Off GENI Prototyping

— BBN Technologies, an advanced technology solutions firm, announced today subcontract awards totaling $12M for 29 academic/industrial research teams to build, integrate, and begin to operate the first prototypes of the GENI suite of network research infrastructure. GENI prototyping is sponsored by the National Science Foundation to support experimental research in network science and engineering.

GENI prototyping will be conducted using a "spiral development" approach, with simultaneous development and trials giving rapid feedback to help guide evolving designs. Spiral 1 focuses on ways to discover, schedule, and control resources for large-scale research experiments and to measure GENI capabilities. Multiple competing approaches are being funded to provide design insights for the evolving suite of experimental infrastructure. Successive spirals will refine and extend the GENI suite in response to the research community's evolving interests in network science and engineering.

"GENI Spiral 1 has begun!" said Chip Elliott, GENI Project Director. "This first spiral will federate a wide variety of network research infrastructure, ranging from optical backbones to disk farms to sensor networks, with the very first prototypes up and running in six to twelve months."

Awardees include the following universities, colleges, institutes and centers: Arizona, Carnegie Mellon, Columbia, Georgia Tech, Houston, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Langston, Maryland, Massachusetts-Amherst (2), Massachusetts-Lowell, Ohio State, Pittsburgh Supercomputing, Princeton, RENCI, Rutgers (2), Southern California, Stanford, SUNY Buffalo, Utah, Washington, Washington University in St. Louis, Wisconsin-Madison, and Williams.

Corporations, including Ciena, Cisco, CNRI, Fujitsu, Hewlett-Packard, Infinera, Microsoft Research, NEC, Netronome, SPARTA, and Qwest will work with these academic teams.

The complete list of proposals funded in GENI Spiral 1 is as follows:

  • Carnegie Mellon University - David Andersen
  • CNRI (Corporation for National Research Initiatives) - Larry Lannom
  • Columbia University - Keren Bergman
  • Georgia Tech - Nick Feamster
  • Indiana University - Jon-Paul Herron
  • Langston University - Pierre Tiako
  • Ohio State University - Anish Arora
  • Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center - Matt Mathis
  • Princeton University - Larry Peterson
  • RENCI (Renaissance Computing Institute) - Ilia Baldine
  • Rutgers - Dipankar Raychaudhuri
  • Rutgers - Marco Gruteser
  • SPARTA, Inc.- Steve Schwab
  • Stanford University - Nick McKeown
  • SUNY Buffalo - Chunming Qiao
  • University of Arizona - John Hartman
  • University of Houston - Deniz Gurkan
  • University of Kansas - James Sterbenz
  • University of Kentucky - James Griffioen
  • University of Maryland/Mid-Atlantic Crossroads - Peter O'Neil
  • University of Massachusetts-Lowell - Yan Luo
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst - Brian Levine
  • University of Massachusetts-Amherst - Jim Kurose
  • University of Southern California/ISI - John Wroclawski
  • University of Utah - Jay Lepreau
  • University of Washington - Thomas Anderson
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison - Paul Barford
  • Washington University in St. Louis - Jon Turner
  • Williams College - Jeannie Albrecht

About GENI and the GENI Project Office GENI, the Global Environment for Network Innovations
GENI is a suite of experimental network research infrastructure sponsored by the National Science Foundation. As envisioned by the community, this suite will support a wide range of network science and engineering experiments such as new protocols and data dissemination techniques running over a substantial fiber optic infrastructure with next-generation optical switches, novel high-speed routers, city-wide experimental urban radio networks, high-end computational clusters, and sensor grids. All infrastructures are envisioned to be shared among a large number of individual, simultaneous experiments with extensive instrumentation that makes it easy to collect, analyze, and share real measurements. The GENI Project Office, operated by BBN Technologies, is responsible for project management and leading system development and prototyping efforts. Visit www.geni.net for more information.

About BBN Technologies
BBN Technologies is a legendary R&D organization that leverages its substantial intellectual property portfolio to produce advanced, repeatable solutions such as the Boomerang shooter detection system. With expertise spanning information security, speech and language processing, networking, distributed systems, and sensing and control systems, BBN scientists and engineers have amassed a substantial collection of innovations and patented solutions. BBN now employs over 700 people in seven locations in the US: Cambridge, Massachusetts (headquarters); Arlington, Virginia; Columbia, Maryland; Middletown, Rhode Island; San Diego, California; St. Louis Park, Minnesota; and O'Fallon, Illinois. For more information, visit www.bbn.com.